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NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI

Signature City Natchez: Jewel of History and Culture on the Mississippi

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Program #20379RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for Mar 30 — Apr 4, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parakway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel.is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions..

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, March 30 - Welcome and overview of program
Afternoon: 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. registration in the hotel lobby. At 6:00 p.m. attend a Welcome-To-Natchez reception with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the hotel.

Evening: Introductions of individuals, and overview of the week's program.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parakway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel.is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions..

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, March 31 - Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Lecture about Natc...
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Lecture about Natchez history and culture. Optional Easter church service. Huge Easter dinner. Lecture on early Natchez Indian tribe. Guided walking tour along the Mississippi River. Dinner in the historic part of town.

Note: 2 Lectures 1 Field trip

Breakfast: Breakfast is served every morning beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the hotel dining room.

Morning: An overview lecture about Natchez history will precede optional church service on Easter morning.

Lunch: A bountiful, beautiful Easter buffet dinner will be served at the Carriage House on the grounds of palatial Stanton Hall.

Afternoon: A lectures on the Natchez Indians by an expert in the field will precede a guided walking tour along the river and a tour of the mansion Rosalie. Wind up the day with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will follow the day's historical agenda. It will be in a downtown building in the historic part of town.

Evening: After-dinner stroll by the river near the hotel

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parakway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel.is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions..

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, April 01 - Lectures on Natchez architectural styles and deco...
Lectures on Natchez architectural styles and decorative arts and the Natchez Trails project; tour, lunch at the mansion Magnolia Hall; tour, the mansions Greenlea and Stone House, with Chopin and Champagne; dinner at The Castle; Margaret Mitchell film

Note: 2 Lectures 3 field trips I concert

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Lectures will be on architectural styles and decorative arts in Natchez from Greek Revival to Empire to Victorian and on the Natchez Trails project.

Lunch: Lunch will be buffet inside the mansion Magnolia Hall.

Afternoon: A guided tour of the mansion Magnolia Hall, the last built before the Civil War, is followed by a tour of Greenlea, a mansion/family home in the oldest neighborhood in Natchez. Free time follows. Wind up the day with Chopin and Champagne, a classical music concert with refreshments at Stone House.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the Castle on the grounds of the National Historic Landmark, Dunleith.

Evening: Screening of "Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel," an award-winning look at the author of "Gone with the Wind," shown during the sesquicentennial of America's Civil War.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parakway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel.is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions..

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Tuesday, April 02 - Lecture on the African-American culture of Natche...
Lecture on the African-American culture of Natchez, featuring William Johnson, a Free Black; tour of the William Johnson House; tour of a church/photo gallery and the mansion Stanton Hall; lecture on Natchez and the Civil War; "Southern Road to Freedom."

Note: Lecture: 2 Field trips: 3 Performance: 1

Breakfast: A full breakfast will be served in the hotel dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: Lecture on the African-American history and culture of Natchez by a resident African-American scholar who impersonates the Free Black, William Johnson, who worked as a barber until his death in 1851. He kept a detailed diary for 18 years, which was published as "William Johnson's Natchez" in 1951 and later became the basis of a biography, "The Barber of Natchez." A tour is included of the William Johnson House, a multi-million-dollar restoration project of the National Park Service. Afterward is a tour of First Presbyterian Church and its exhibit of 19th-20th century photographs of Natchez.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the Carriage House at Stanton Hall.

Afternoon: Guided tour of the National Historic Landmark Stanton Hall. Lecture on Natchez and the Civil War. Wind up the day with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be at Cotton Alley, featuring foods described in an 1836 Natchez diary kept by William Johnson, a free black.

Evening: "Southern Road to Freedom," a concert with commentary about Black history and culture at the historically Black Holy Family Catholic Church

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This new hotel's location is the most historic on the Mississippi River. The spot is where the Mississippi River meets the ancient Natchez Trace. This overland route, now a national parakway, links Natchez, Miss.,444 miles northeast to Nashville, Tenn. The hotel, located near a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, offers nearby views of the river, including dramatic sunsets. The hotel.is in the heart of historic downtown Natchez, just steps from dining, shopping, entertainment, and historic attractions..

Contact info:
111 S. Broadway St.
Natchez, MS 39120 USA
phone: 866-488-0898
web: www.natchezgrandhotel.com

Room amenities: A safe, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, work desk wtih lamp, iron, ironing board, radio/arlarm clock.

Facility amenities: Unlimited wired and wireless internet, unlimited local and long distance phone calls, guest laundry, fitness center, business center, on-site parking, nightly wine reception.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $125.00
Room rent includes breakfast. To reserve a room for up to two nights before the program and/or two nights after the program, call the hotel directly and identify yourself as a Road Scholar. Give the opening date of the program. This procedure guarantees that the room will be used throughout the stay and no changing of rooms will take place. Hotel phone numbers: 866-488-0898 or 601-446-9994.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Wednesday, April 03 - Morning lecture on books by Natchez residents and...
Morning lecture on books by Natchez residents and books inspired by Natchez, focusing on Eudora Welty's "A Worn Path." Field trip to two antebellum churches and the Jewish temple. Tour of historic House on Ellicott Hill. Historic Natchez Pageant.

Note: Lecture: 1 Field trips: 4 Performance: 1

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: A lecture is entitled "Natchez: A Rich Resource for Writers," to be given by a noted local author. Free time follows.. One Dutch-treat option is to tour palatial Stanton Hall, one of the most magnificent mansions in America.

Lunch: Lunch will be downtown.

Afternoon: Guided explorations of two antebellum mansions in the most historic part of downtown Natchez are chosen for the Spring Pilgrimage. They are private homes that are filled with priceless furnishings and art objects. Wind up the day with complimentary wine at the hotel.

Dinner: A bountiful, plantation-style dinner will be at the Carriage House restaurant on the grounds of palatial Stanton Hall.

Evening: The evening is a perfect finale for the week, with a performance by the Holy Family Gospel Choir.

Lodging: Natchez Grand Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Thursday, April 04 - Lecture on Post Civil War Natchez; checkout by 11...
Note: Lecture: 1

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the dining room beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Morning: A lecture about Post-Civil War Natchez by a university professor will be followed by a report on the new Natchez Trails historic project in downtown Natchez. This multi-million-dollar project teaches Natchez history and culture while people walk, cycle, or jog the trail.

Lunch: Program ends about 11 a.m., which is hotel checkout time.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Natchez, MS
Free Time In NatchezParticipants have lots to choose from for their free time. They can take another three house tour, go on carriage rides, play golf or tennis, and shop, just to mention a few.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
3 Performances

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